As promised here are some more musings re my first hand dyed nuno scarf experiment. Once I had zapped the scarf in the microwave for the second 5 minute session I left it in the bowl to cool down a little bit. As soon as it was cooler to handle I rinsed it out under running water before spinning with a damp towel and then hanging it up to dry.
I absolutely adore the mohair locks combined with the nuno texture but wouldn’t include the corn fibres again for this type of work. As mentioned before I did know that they would not dye with the food colouring but because I intended the scarf to be various shades of blue and green I thought that the fibres would add a nice touch, I actually think that they don’t! I am happy however with the blending of the green and yellow colours which was carefully planned and not an accident by any means, oh ye of little faith!! The scarf seems to be amazingly soft after the process and I really don’t know if the dying altered the handle of the nuno felt or if it is just the addition of the mohair locks. Dying with food colouring is something that I will experiment with a little further as it was quick, safe and only required items already here in my house (except obviously the food colouring itself!).
At the moment I am just trying to finalise the Michigan leg of my US felting trip this October. As soon as I have confirmed news I will post here and sort out the Californian and Oregan side of things, I can’t wait!!!
I am teaching a nuno felting workshop here at Clasheen next Wednesday and due to the arrival of my new tables this morning (HURRAH!) have one space available for the day. Please email me asap if you are interested in attending. The cost is E75 for the day including materials and ongoing tea or coffee, silk fabric is a little extra (you can use cotton gauze or muslin if preferred) depending on whether you go for hand dyed or commercial silk.